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The iPhone X Is Hurting Apple’s iPhone 8 Pre-Orders, Analyst Say

It’s not a surprise anymore. We all know that people would always choose and buy the latest iPhone. We don’t know what’s Apple thinking why they release the iPhone X when iPhone 8 is still new in the market.

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If you’re holding out for an iPhone X, you may not be alone, meaning the device is likely to be in high demand at the end of October.

Pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are underway, and unusually, even now you can still order one and receive it on release day. Analysts examining the data related to those orders say many people are holding back, and haven’t decided to grab Apple’s latest hardware yet. The reason? The iPhone 8 will only be Apple’s latest device for about a month, at which time the iPhone X will be released, and it’s a very different beast. The consensus is, Apple fans are waiting for the X, which means the real iPhone rush will start at the end of October.

Data published by analyst Gene Munster shows the new iPhone models had a one- to two-week delivery time over the first weekend after pre-orders went live, while some models still have a September 22 release day delivery date attached. It’s noted that compared to previous years, the more expensive but better-equipped 8 Plus also has a shorter lead time, suggesting either supplies are greater or that people are saving their money.

The evidence of a less-than-enthused response to the iPhone 8 continues. In previous years, some desirable new iPhone models have had a three- to six-week wait attached by this point, analysts at KGI Securities say. It believes the iPhone X is a prime reason why the iPhone 8 is so readily available. Pre-orders are traditionally placed by early adopters and hardcore Apple fans, who are more likely to be attracted to the iPhone X than the mildly updated iPhone 8.

Read more: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/iphone-8-iphone-x-pre-order-rush-news

 

The Best Wireless Earbuds

There’s nothing attractive about having a web of wires running all over the room in order to enjoy a movie or listen to music. If you’re looking for a set of wireless earbuds then you will find either of two differing types which are the Bluetooth version or perhaps wireless earbud headphones. You might check out his list of the best wireless earbuds.

After putting 25 models through more than 30 hours of testing by our expert listening panel, we’ve chosen the Phiaton BT 100 NC as the best Bluetooth earbuds for most people. Music sounds fantastic, calls are clear to both you and your caller, and the fit is comfortable. Plus, this pair is a fantastic value, with better performance and features than headphones that cost twice as much.

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The battery life on the BT 100 NC is about 7.5 to 12 hours depending on use, but these earbuds also function while charging—a feature that can be very helpful on cross-country flights or long workdays. If you need to connect to a non-Bluetooth source, the BT 100 NC functions in listen-only mode corded via an included ⅛-inch headphone jack. These headphones are water and sweat resistant, too, so if you get caught in the rain or perspire on a hot day, you won’t need to worry about them shorting out. That said, the collar can get in the way of vigorous workouts, so if you’re looking for your best bet for hitting the gym or going on a run, check out our guide to the best wireless exercise headphones.

If our pick is sold out, or you have a Samsung phone, we also recommend the Samsung Level U Pro. The sound can be a bit piercing on high notes and consonants, which is what kept this pair from being our top pick, but this is an otherwise nice-sounding set of headphones with well-defined mids and bass. It has a light and comfy collar with dual microphones that ensure clear calls, in addition to a few unexpected features that are quite nice to use. The earbuds have magnets that can attach when you hang them around your neck. When you separate the magnets, the Level U Pro will auto-answer an incoming call; they also pause your music when stuck together. The roughly nine-hour battery life should get you through most days, and should these earbuds run out midday, they will work via Bluetooth while charging. Finally, if you’re a Samsung phone or tablet owner, you can get an accompanying app that lets you adjust the sound to your liking—we recommend turning down the treble. However, without the Samsung-only app, you can’t do much to fix the piercing highs.

Read more: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wireless-earbuds

 

The All-Screen Apple iPhone X is Here, And It’s The New iPhone You’ll Want

Everyone is hyping with the released of iPhone X from Apple. For those fans of iPhone, I bet you wouldn’t miss the chance to have this phone. But before that, you might need to know more about iPhone X.

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Apple has commemorated the iPhone’s 10th anniversary with a special edition phone named the iPhone X. The announcement was made at an event on the Apple Campus in the Steve Jobs Theater by Tim Cook, who said, “It’s truly amazing how much the iPhone impacts the world every day.” The iPhone X has been the subject of rumor for many months, and now all the official details have been revealed.

Cook said the new iPhone was “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.” It’s not pronounced iPhone X, by he way — it’s the iPhone “Ten,” and the screen takes up the whole of the phone’s front panel. It’s made from surgical-grade stainless steel, with glass on the rear panel. It’s water and dust resistant, and available in space grey and silver. You can read our iPhone X hands-on here and we have two opinion pieces about it, debating why no other company made the iPhone X before Apple, despite none of its tech being new, and providing a list showing which phones originated some of its innovations.

The OLED display — the first in an iPhone — is called the Super Retina Display, and measures 5.8 inches, with a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 pixels. Apple says it has cured problems with brightness and color accuracy that sometimes plagued OLED screens in the past, and has added Dolby Vision and HDR10 support for stunning video playback. It also features TrueTone dynamic white balance adjustment, a feature also seen on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the new iPhone 8 models.

The device is designed to be intuitive to use, despite having no button on the front, due to the screen’s size. It’s a swipe up to reach the home screen, or you can use raise-to-wake, or just tap on the screen to get started. These gestures work across the operating system, for multi-tasking, and to leave apps. Siri is still activated by voice, or by using the larger side button. A double tap on the side sleep/wake key activates Apple Pay.

Read more: https://www.digitaltrends.com/apple/apple-iphone-x-news

 

Which Mac Should You Buy?

You already know that the Mac provides the smoothest, the simplest, the most satisfying, and the most trouble-free computing experience available. But if you don’t already have a Mac, you want to upgrade to a newer one or you want a secondary computer, the only question now becomes, which type of Mac should you buy?

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If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

Before we proceed, we should specifically address Apple’s desktop Macs. It’s been a while since the company has updated the Mac mini and Mac Pro. While our advice for each Mac model provides guidance as to which model you should buy, you might actually consider waiting to see if Apple releases a new Mac mini or Mac Pro, or consider buying an iMac.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

Read more: https://www.macworld.com/article/2018990/macs/buying-guide-2012-macs.html

 

Huawei Watch 2 Review: A Sporty Successor With A Lot Of New Features

Huawei has unveiled the new flagship of Huawei Watch recently. This is good for athletes and its equipped with Android 2.0 which makes it superior.

The Huawei Watch 2 doesn’t have the same elegance that its predecessor had, but we mustn’t forget that it’s also aimed at a different target audience: athletes. Equipped with Android Wear 2.0, numerous sensors and an optional SIM card slot, the Huawei Watch 2 is well set up in theory. But, in practice, does it live up to everything it’s set out to be? We reveal all you need to know about this smartwatch in our review

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Huawei Watch 2 release date and price

It’s taken a little over two years for Huawei to present a new version of the Huawei Watch. This time, however, the company has opted to move away from luxury to focus instead on sport and fitness. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise as Huawei is moving with the global market trend, which is taking smartwatches in this direction. The Huawei Watch 2 is expected to be released some time in April and will cost around $350. Color-wise, it will be available in Carbon Black, Dynamic Orange, Titanium Grey and Concrete Grey. The Huawei Watch 2 Classic will be available from May for $420 in Titanium Grey with a black leather armband.

Huawei Watch 2 design and build quality

Depending on whether you opt for the classic variant or not, you’ll get two completely differently built watches that both share the name of Huawei Watch 2. The classic model, which is made of metal and has a leather bracelet, wasn’t ready for the first hands-on we did of the device at the MWC 2017, nor is it ready now at the time of our full review, never mind the Porsche version. Thus, we turn our attention to the normal, sporty Huawei Watch 2.

Read more: https://www.androidpit.com/huawei-watch-2-review

 

Samsung Galaxy J7+ With Dual Cameras Specs & Photos Leak

There are leaks of the new Samsung Galaxy J7+ that are surfacing everywhere but others think its a  fake one. Samsung Galaxy series are on the rise so people are being alert whenever a new series is revealed.

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Samsung has just launched the flagship Galaxy Note 8 as perhaps, its first smartphone with dual cameras. The tech giant may have got another smartphone with dual cameras lined up in quick succession. The Galaxy J7+ as it is called had appeared in a leak which hinted that it will be the Galaxy J7 (2017) China Edition. That might just be wrong as the device has appeared in Thailand where it is tipped to launch soon.

The device is expected with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080p resolution. The device will be fired up by an Octa-core processor which would likely be a similar Exynos 7870 chip featured on the Galaxy 7870 and it will be complimented by a 4GB RAM. There will also be 32GB of expandable storage. The dual cameras at the rear will be a 13MP f/1.7 sensor while the second sensor will be a 5MP f1.9 one. The device is also expected with a 16MP front camera for nice sefies. The dual cam is revealed as capable of Samsung’s new Live Focus portrait mode which features on the Galaxy Note8.

Read more: https://www.gizmochina.com/2017/08/25/samsung-galaxt-j7-dual-cameras-specs-photos-leak

 

20 Gadgets Under $20 That You’ll Actually Use Every Day

Most of us are clinging into our new and expensive Apple gadgets. But if you can’t afford these kind of gadgets, you can still buy cool and latest ones without expending a lot. Luckily there are lots of gadgets these days that you can buy under $20.  This article throws light on some latest and affordable gadgets you can consider.

There are plenty of products out there that cost less than $20, but most of them never get used. A USB drive that works in outer space? Can’t imagine a situation where that would come in handy unless perhaps you’re Richard Branson. Are you Richard Branson?

Anyway, here are 20 products under $20 that you will actually use every day.

1. The Anchor: The Original Under-Desk Headphone Stand Mount

Need somewhere to put your headphones when you’re not using them? Of course you do. This sturdy yet flexible hook lets you hang two sets of headphones under your desk so they’re out of the way when you don’t need them. Pretty handy.

Sale Price: $9.99 (MSRP $19.99) Buy it here.

2. MOS Cable Organizer

Your desk is probably teeming with cables, and it’s time you tamed them. This sleek magnetic organizer keeps all of your cables in one place so you never have to go fishing for them on the floor.

Sale Price: $11.99 (MSRP $24.99 ) Buy it here.

3. Tritan Infusion Water Bottle

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Plain water is boring, but this bottle infuses it with your favorite fruit, vegetable, or herb. Perfect for those of us who are trying to cut out sugary drinks, but still crave a beverage with some flavor.

Price: $9.99 (MSRP $19.99) Buy it here.

4. Hand Stylus

Fingers are great for many things, but they’re no substitute for a good stylus. This stylus can be used for all kinds of tablet activities, like taking notes, drawing, typing, and playing games. It also retracts when it’s not in use so you don’t have to worry about it accidentally breaking.

Sale Price: $14.95 (MSRP $24.99) Buy it here.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/07/tech-items-for-under-20-dollars

 

Here Are the iOS 11 Features You Should Be Excited About

iOS 11 is coming this fall and I’m sure all of iPhone users are excited to know the exciting and new features it has. Let’s find out from this article so we can find out if it’s better to download this on our iPhone.

The next version of Apple iOS is set to deliver a number of groundbreaking features, especially for iPad users. We spent some quality time with a public beta of the upcoming OS to experience all the new bits you should be excited about.

Improved Camera Experience

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are among the best camera phones out there, and iOS 11 will make them even better. The new OS will bring more ways to capture Live Photos, including Loop and Bounce effects, as well as a Long Exposure capture option.

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The dedicated portrait camera mode on the iPhone 7 Plus will be greatly improved as well. You’ll be able to utilize the optical image stabilization and HDR capabilities of the camera, as well as its flash when capturing portraits.

Best of all, thanks to a new High Efficiency Image File Format, iOS 11 will let you capture even more photos and videos before running out of space.

Customizable Control Center

With iOS 11, Apple will bring a more intuitive Control Center layout. It’ll also be customizable, allowing you to place the settings and features you use most right where you want them.

Better Keyboard

You’ll no longer need to switch between letters and symbols when using the stock iPad keyboard in iOS 11! Instead, you’ll be able to see and directly access all commonly used symbols via a long press or a flicking gesture.

The iPhone keyboard, on the other hand, will get a dedicated one-handed mode. The feature will come particularly handy to users of the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone 7 Plus.

Read more: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/a27607/apple-ios-11-features-review

 

Amazon Launches New £50 and £80 Fire Tablets with Alexa Digital Assistant

Amazon just released two affordable tablets and this time with Alexa Digital Assistant. I’m not sure what’s the difference these two have from their past releases. But since this one is affordable, I might want to buy it. Check out this article and read the features of the tablets.

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Amazon has launched two new budget Fire tablets, with one costing just £50, and has brought its Alexa voice assistant to tablets in the UK.

The new thinner and lighter £50 Fire 7, which has an improved screen, longer battery life and more storage, hopes to continue the success of the previous Fire 7 tablet, which won plaudits for balancing low cost with features. At the same time, Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire HD 8 tablet, with similar improvements and a lower starting price of £80.

Kevin Keith, Amazon’s general manager for Fire tablets, said: “The Fire 7 for under £50 shocked a lot of folks, and became the bestselling tablet we ever built. We found most of the folks who buy our devices do so for entertainment, or what I like to call digital snacking: social media, light email, apps, games and music. So we’ve really focused on those areas.”

Both tablets now come with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant in the UK – the same one available through the Fire TV set-top boxes and Amazon’s Echo devices – allowing users to get information, control smart-home devices and play media with voice commands.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/17/amazon-launches-fire-tablets-fire-7-hd-8-alexa-digital-assistant

 

Best Games of 2017: Splatoon 2, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and more

For those who are looking for the best and amazing games, check out this list of The Verge.  I just played Gravity Rush 2 the other day and I can’t get enough of it. Will probably try the others in the list.

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I am a sucker for end-of-year lists. They’re positive, celebratory, and useful. But too often, lists are backloaded with fall releases. A book published in January? A video game released in March? They’ll need luck and a good publicist to score best-of list slots come December.

I empathize with annual curators. Given the constant deluge of new titles, each arriving with their own noisy hype, it can be a struggle to remember a TV show or a film from 11 months ago. So this year, I’ve decided to keep a journal of my favorite video games, a public way to collect the year’s finest.

The format is inspired by Thrillist’s ongoing list of the year’s best movies. Critic Matt Patches only catalogs the stuff he can recommend 100 percent. “No mixed-bags,” he writes, “[or] interesting train-wrecks.” My list won’t be quite as definitive. I love train-wrecks; I live for mixed bags.

I’ll be updating my list as often as I can — hopefully I’ll have plenty of games to add. I’d love it if you joined me in this experiment. I’m opening the comments so you, dear reader, can share your favorite games as the year goes on.

Dates refer to when I began each game, and may not align with release dates. This is not a definitive list for The Verge. I am only adding games as I play them. If you feel something is missing, please recommend it in the comments.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/31/14438538/best-games-of-2017-ps4-xbox-one-pc-online-android-ios